Charles “Chuck” Norris purchased the team in April of 2017. The former US Army Paratrooper spent over 20 years in Fayetteville and is a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
Since 1998, Chuck has owned and operated Norris Construction, specializing in residential building and development, as well as insurance reconstruction. Prior to construction, Norris owned and operated several retail stores.
Chuck lives in Charlotte with his wife, Lanai and their three children, Chucky, Lilly, and Khloe.
Jeff Longo joins the Marksmen as Owner/President, for the 2017-18 season. Longo brings a rich hockey background to the Marksmen, having spent over twenty years in professional hockey in upper management positions.
After beginning his career as a Public Relations intern for the New York Rangers (NHL), the native of Hazlet, New Jersey spent six seasons with the San Diego Gulls (WCHL) – the last three as team President. While there, the team led the league in attendance all six seasons and won the league championship three times.
In 2003, Longo took a position as the President of the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) and helped orchestrate the team’s move into a new facility in uptown Charlotte (the NBA Charlotte Bobcats’ Time Warner Cable Arena). Team attendance and revenue increased for six straight seasons from 2003-2008.
Longo then served as the Vice President of Marketing and Community Initiatives for the New Jersey Devils (NHL), His marketing team helped frame moments like Martin Brodeur’s record for most wins all-time and most shutouts for a goaltender and Patrick Elias’ franchise record for points.
Longo returned to Charlotte in 2010 and served as a consultant to senior management for the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), assisting with corporate marketing initiatives, staffing and negotiations of the team’s lease(s) with the arena.
Longo is currently an associate professor and program director for the Sports, Events and Entertainment department at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. He is pursuing his doctorate at the United States Sports Academy. Jeff and his wife Alisa reside in Charlotte with their two daughters- Riley and Emmery.
Controller/Director of Finance
The 2017-18 season is Lanai’s first with the Marksmen. As the Controller/ Director of Finance, Lanai oversees the financial aspects of the team-including budget items, revenue, and payments.
Lanai lives in Charlotte with Chuck and their three kids, Chucky, Lilly, and Khloe.
Assistant GM/Director of Ticket Sales
Nathan is in his first season with Marksmen as Assistant GM and Director of Ticket Sales. A native of Livermore, Maine, Nathan attended Johnson & Wales University Charlotte and received his bachelor’s degree in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. Driscoll joins the Marksmen most recently from IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions as a ticket sales account executive for UNC Athletics. Prior to IMG Learfield, Driscoll served as the Tournament and Event Director at Carolina Courts in Charlotte, NC.
Nathan and his wife, Melissa, live in Fayetteville with their five daughters-Ariah, Adison, Cloe, Mercedes, and Delaney.
Communications and Community Relations Manager
The 2017-18 season will be Ben’s first with the Marksmen, after spending the previous season with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) as the Manager of Corporate Sales. Prior to joining the sales team in Kalamazoo, the native of Lawrence, Michigan spent two seasons as the Public Relations/Broadcasting intern for the K-Wings and helped to manage; color commentary duties, social media, press releases, and interviews-including the world-famous “Meow” interview.
The Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) graduate earned his degree in Professional and Technical Communications in 2015.
Ben and his wife, Whitney, have two sons- Ryan and Brendan.
Promotions and Special Events Manager